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AC Maintenance Isn’t a “Now or Never” Proposition!

July 6th, 2020

close-up-man-checking-cell-phoneWhen you read our posts about regular air conditioning system maintenance, you’ll notice we often mention spring as the best time to have it done. Which it is. Spring maintenance preps the air conditioner right before the time when it does the most work, and it also lets you schedule a convenient time for the service when you won’t have to rely on the cooling system.

But we don’t want people to think that spring limits air conditioning maintenance. Yes, it’s the best time for it. But once spring is past, that doesn’t mean the opportunity for maintenance is over. This isn’t a situation where, if you didn’t schedule it for the spring, you’ll now have to wait until next spring before you do it. There is no terminal date on AC maintenance—except that it needs to be done once a year. Have it done in winter, fall, or midsummer—but please have it done!

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The Top 5 Reasons to Call on Professionals for Drain Cleaning

June 22nd, 2020

drain-in-metal-sink-waterDrain cleaning is a job we recommend homeowners schedule both to clear up clogged drains and as a regular maintenance task once a year. Drain cleaning helps keep one half of your plumbing system—the sewage and drainage side—working at top condition so you won’t have to worry about it. Nobody wants to fret about draining wastewater out of their house!

If you think you have trouble occurring in your home’s drainage system, or you’re long overdue for regular drain cleaning, call our pros to schedule high-quality drain cleaning in Plattsburgh, NY and Burlington, VT. If you’re wondering why you need professionals to do this, below are the five best reasons to hire the experts:

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Why Is the AC Fan Not Working?

June 8th, 2020

spinning-fan-closeupA central air conditioning system has two fans: one located in the outdoor condenser cabinet, and the other in the HVAC cabinet inside the house. These two fans are essential for the air conditioner to do its job. Obviously, an air conditioner that cannot send air out through the vents isn’t going to be much good to you! And if the outdoor fan fails, the air conditioner won’t be able to effectively move heat from the indoor air to release it outside.

When one of your air conditioner’s fans (or possibly both) stops working, you’ll want to have the problem remedied as soon as possible—because your house will soon start to overheat in the summer weather. Our technicians are ready to come to your assistance, and usually, they can solve the problem fast.

We’re going to take a closer look at why an air conditioner’s fans may fail. This way you’ll have a better understanding of the work we need to do.

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Signs of an AC Compressor Going Bad

May 25th, 2020

woman-and-fanThe compressor is the most critical part of your central air conditioning system. All parts of an AC are important for it to operate, but the reason we say the compressor is the most critical is because when it fails, not only does the AC lose its ability to cool, it also usually means the air conditioner must be replaced with a new condenser and indoor evaporator coil.

You can prevent serious damage to your AC because of a compressor that’s going bad if you know what to look for. A call for air conditioning repair in Plattsburgh, NY from our technicians may be able to save the compressor. If that isn’t possible, you’ll at least be able to arrange for a replacement on your schedule rather than being forced to when the air conditioning system breaks down.

Below are the major warnings to look for that you’ve got a bad compressor.

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AC Troubleshooting Before Calling for an Emergency Repair

May 11th, 2020

tools-on-ac-unitThis summer you don’t want to face a broken air conditioning system and a scramble to get emergency help out to fix it. We are happy to provide you with emergency air conditioning repair in Burlington, VT whenever you need it—it’s a big part of our job. But we’re aware that most homeowners only want to resort to 24-hour emergency services when it’s absolutely necessary.

So in this post, we’re going to look at a few standard troubleshooting checks and steps to take when you have a major air conditioning problem. In some situations, what seems like a malfunctioning air conditioner is only a minor issue you can correct yourself without needing tools or training. (Please don’t attempt any “troubleshooting” that involves using a tool kit or opening up the air conditioner’s cabinets!) Below we’ve listed what you can do about a broken air conditioner before calling for repairs.

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Some Helpful Tips for Handling Emergency Plumbing

April 27th, 2020

woman-under-sinkThere are times when you have a plumbing problem so urgent that you don’t have a choice except to call an emergency plumber in Plattsburgh, NY. We’re here to be that plumber when you’ve got the trouble. However, we know that right now you’ll feel hesitant about reaching out for services you may not absolutely need right away. When you face an issue with your plumbing, you may find yourself debating whether you should make an emergency call.

We’d like to help by taking a closer look at plumbing emergencies in general, how to deal with them, and when it’s best to call us for vital help.

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Can I Save Money by Buying a Used Air Conditioning System?

April 13th, 2020

air-conditioning-unitThis is a question we sometimes hear from customers who are looking to lower household costs. It makes sense for people to inquire about purchasing used AC equipment since so many other expenses for a home can be reduced by buying used. A car for example. Or furnishings. So why not buy a “previously owned” air conditioner, especially at times when people are looking closer at their budgets?

Well, there are many reasons not to buy a used air conditioner, and not a single HVAC contractor recommends it. Buying used when it comes to HVAC in Plattsburgh, NY is a major money loser in the short and long term. Below are a few reasons why:

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Spring Is Here—Schedule Your AC Tune-Up

March 30th, 2020

service-reminder-clockSpring arrived a few days earlier on the calendar this year. But that’s only the “official” first day of spring, a point in the Earth’s journey around the Sun. Our local weather doesn’t obey the calendar, and the cold weather blows through here sometimes until May. But spring is still the season of air conditioning tune-ups and inspections, no matter what the weather is like. Without fail, the summer heat will arrive, and you’ll want your air conditioning system in peak shape to handle it.

To schedule spring AC maintenance, you don’t print up a list from the internet and try to get through it on your own. You need a Burlington, VT, HVAC contractor with experience, skill, and licensing. You can rely on our more than two decades of experience serving local homes with heating and cooling to give you the finest AC maintenance tune-up.

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Is a Drain Snake Enough to Handle a Clog?

March 16th, 2020

drain-cleaning-cutawayIf the “drain snake” you’re thinking of when you ask this question is a hand-cranked drain auger purchased from a store, then it might be enough to take care of a clog in a sink or shower drain. It isn’t a total solution, however, and in many cases it provides only a brief fix and will leave you with a clogged up drain only a few weeks later—or less.

When it comes to fighting drain clogs or cleaning out drains, you may need something more powerful. And no, we don’t mean chemical drain cleaners. These are not only temporary solutions at best, they are harmful to drains and can end up compounding problems.

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Facts on Condensing Furnaces and How One Can Benefit You

March 2nd, 2020

piggy-bankIf you have a furnace in your house that’s more than 15 or even 20 years old, any replacement system will have a higher energy efficiency rating. This because standard for gas furnaces have changed dramatically over two decades, and even the new mid-efficiency models have a higher standard than the mid-efficiency models at the start of the 21st century.

If you upgrade to a new furnace at the end of this year’s heating season, you can expect energy-saving performance. And if you want a major efficiency upgrade, one of the best options is a condensing furnace. These furnaces score some of the highest AFUE ratings (efficiency ratings) of any heating system on the market, with as little waste as 2%.

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